Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Jacksonville, NC
I've retrained 6 OTTBs- 3 for jumping, 3 for eventing. They can be pretty challenging, since they have next to no training. You're correct when you say you need to start at the beginning. Race horses are trained to run, no one cares about their trot or if they stand still when mounted, etc. So putting a saddle on him (a heavier one than he's used to especially) and then cinching it up right away probably threw him for a loop. You've already given yourself the advice I would give you- go back to the beginning and do ground work to gain respect and the basic commands. And go slooooowly- these guys usually require alot of patience, but they're so worth it! Keep us updated!